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Fashion. love, Africa for Kahina Giving Beauty: Happy Earth Day!

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In celebration of Earth Day, Kahina Giving Beauty is offering a custom Fashion. love, Africa tote for every purchase on givingbeauty.com over $250.The bag- a $50 retail value- is a vibrant blue, inspired by the color Katharine sees so often on her trips to Morocco.Fashion, love Africa designer Ryan Clements has incorporated argan nuts as a closure for the bag.

Why did we partner with Fashion, love Africa?

Katharine fell in love with the story behind Fashion, love Africa, an initiative that works with women living at the Gioto garbage slum in Kenya.140 families live at Gioto, subsisting on the food and materials that are dumped there. Women at Gioto gather, separate, clean, disinfect, and cut poly bags from the trash and weave them into handbags, creating something beautiful from trash. Fashion. love, Africa designs and purchases these bags, allowing a steady source of income and opportunity for families to lift themselves from extreme poverty by their own hands.   For every bag sold, ten dollars are set aside for the entire community to aid in projects such as medical assistance, child sponsorship, relocation from the slum, and savings/loan programs.

Katharine did a test drive of the tote on a recent beach trip and loved that it carried everything and could be cleaned easily- just rinse with water!

Click here to check out the bag on our website now.

Fashion. Love, Africa

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Over 140 families call Kenya’s Gioto Garbage Slum home.  It’s also the point origin of Fashion. Love, Africa‘s colorful, eco-friendly tote bags.

Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting Ryan Clements, lead designer and project manager of Fashion. Love, Africa, a company that provides an opportunity for income for those that live their lives at Gioto. We love how Fashion. Love, Africa guides the local population in using sustainable materials to craft well-designed, functional and fun pieces.

Those totes? They’re woven from the plastic bags that litter the trash heap.  (The finished product is washed & disinfected.)  Ryan explained to us that the various colors used for the totes come from different kinds of plastic bags.  Metallic silver, for instance, is the kind of bag used for electronic goods.

Ryan shot an incredible amount of footage at Gioto, which you can view on this Youtube channel.  Videos range from the creation of the bags to showing life at Gioto.

Psst… we have this bag on order.  The blue reminds us of Morocco & we can’t wait to use it at the beach.  We also have our eye on this one

Which one will you get?

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Katharine & Ryan at FLA HQ

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